Well, I have some good news to share. For most of us of a certain age, we have not yet been totally sucked into the vacuum of social media, reaching out and responding to thousands with brief sound bites and surface emotions at the sacrifice of deep conversations and meaningful experiences. As Andrew Sullivan put it in New York Magazine recently, “By rapidly substituting virtual reality for reality, we are diminishing the scope of intimate interaction even as we multiply the numbers of people with whom we interact.” David Brooks adds, “At saturation level, social media reduces the amount of time people spend in uninterrupted solitude, the time when people can excavate and process their internal states.”
So, what to do if you are looking for both meaningful interaction and contemplative solitude? You know the answer already, right? Come to church, worship, and engage. There are very few institutions in our world today that offer both. We are blessed that we have each in abundance.